The Scottsdale Plaza shopping center on Paxton Street in Swatara Township has been acquired by a Cumberland County developer as part of a $5 million deal, said Drew Bobincheck, an agent with East Pennsboro Township-based Landmark Commercial Realty Inc.
Scottsdale Commercial Partners LP is the listed buyer of the shopping center. Scottsdale Apartment Partners LP is the buyer of the Scottsdale Apartments, a 75-unit complex on South Progress Avenue in neighboring Susquehanna Township, and an adjacent land parcel of about 25 acres.
Dan Deitchman, owner of Lower Allen Township-based Brickbox Enterprises Ltd., is the investor behind both of those entities, according to state business records. The properties were purchased from Briarcliff Realty Co. Inc., Bobincheck said.
Deitchman has been very active in housing projects in Harrisburg.
He has developed the Residences on Market, a student housing project for Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. Deitchman currently is adding a second student housing building — Market View Place — for the university, and plans are in the works for a third building in 2014, according to the university.
He also has partnered with Harrisburg-based GreenWorks Development on the redevelopment of the historic Furlow Building in Midtown Harrisburg for market-rate apartments and first-floor retail space. That project is under construction.
Deitchman also was behind the Riverview Manor housing project on North Front Street.
The developer is on tonight's City Council agenda for approval of a 50-unit condominium project at the Barto Building on North Third and State streets. The space would be converted from office use.
Bobincheck said the Scottsdale Plaza has 14 current tenants, including Café Fresco, but also about 10,000 square feet of vacant space. It is across from the Harrisburg Mall, which was purchased earlier this month by a pair of Maryland developers.
"All of it will need heavy renovation," Bobincheck said, adding he expects that work to take place to market the site.
The new owner declined to comment at this time about additional investments in the properties.